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My wife bought this black Mission fig tree at Lowe's while I was out of town this March.  It has 4 main trunks (pretty much bare except the very top) about 4' tall.  After planted in ground, there are a few figlets appeared, and one of the main trunk has new branches broke out at the lower section.  I did not pay much attention to it, due to it is still in recovery mode after transplanting.  Recently, as I pay more attention to it, it appears to me that this tree look weird...The front two trunks have the same leaf pattern, but the back two trunks have leaves that have narrower and deep fingers.  Just by the look of the leaves, I'd call them two different varieties.  Furthermore, the figs on the front two trunks show two distinct fig shapes and skin colors.  One group is oval like with blue-greenish skin, while the other is more squat (like kiss chocolate drop) with pale green, but shiny skin.  The back two trunks do not show much growth at all with only one large, but squat fig.  The front two trunks has more figlets, but are smaller compared to the squat one in the back.

I am stumped...Anyone can care to chip in as to what do I have? Pics are attached below.  I am sure that I can return it if this is not as advertised.  But that has to be after I sample the fig first in fall, though.  

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It looks like 2 cuttingsmay have been in the same pot?
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Thanks for the suggestion, Julie...I went out to check the base of the trunks, and noted that the two back trunks with the deep finger leaf pattern are joined at the base above the ground, while the front two trunks are joined as well at the base.  I dig a little bit below the ground, but can not tell if these two groups are joined together there due to the many roots there.  The question is why the nursery would put two cuttings of different varieties in the same pot.

The only fig on the back trunk is much larger than the front ones as well since they formed at about the same time in early May.  The skin is light green, and smoother.  The figs on the front two trunks puzzle me as well, when I saw two different groups of shape and color.  I will have to wait till the fruits ripen to see what the flesh looks like, and how they taste.  

I am not sure that mine is actually a black Mission...though the back trunks do have the size of a black Mission fig, and the leaf pattern is similar to one of many variants on the Internet.  But they do not seem to grow much at all, no new branches or leaves. As for the front trunks, I am pretty sure that it is not a black Mission fig tree, due to the small size of the figs at this point of the season. 

I do not know if I should be delighted for getting two trees for the price of one.  But if they taste great, I am more than likely to keep them, and mark them as unknown...till I can identified them, that is.  

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Young trees can have multiple leaf patterns.  
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That may be true...Normally the leaf patterns are scattered among different trunks.  Mine has a clear cut dividing line.  The tree is four feet tall, so it is not quite as young.  Most leaves look the same between the front two trunks, and between the back two trunks; but not between the front and back trunks.  The fig fruits are quite different in shape and size as well.
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